a generous portion of barbeque, buffalo, or asian wings.
Fail Fail Fail.
We wanted to watch the Rose Bowl here after our meal at Portillo's. They had a lot of screens, so we were thinking lots of screens must equal lots of space. This is logical thinking. This logical thinking ended up being not logical and in fact, plain wrong. We really should have found another bar, but we were not thinking clearly. As it is, ESPN zone is a restaurant-it is not a bar. Oh yes, there are two bar areas. But they are the smallest bar areas ever, especially if you are just trying to catch the game. Really, they are for people who are waiting for a table, which we were. We ended up getting seats at the bar, but then gave them up when a table was ready for our party.
Big mistake. We got to the table and then were told that we had to spend $10 per person, per hour if we weren't ordering meals and just wanted to drink. That said, we were really just there to drink and watch some football. However, because we had just waited and hour and 45 minutes for this table, we didn't really want to leave just to go somewhere else and stand. So a couple of us ordered meals but we all ordered beer, is how I think it happened. I'm not sure. At this point, I personally was kind of upset. Also, our waitress was very rude to us, to the point where everyone commented about how much she hated us. I'm not really sure it's good for business when you have a whole table of people that know that the waitress doesn't care. Also, there was a mishap with my side salad, as two of us ordered one and the servers gave it to the wrong person at the table, as they ordered a salad with their burger. However, when I pointed this out to the waitress, she made it seem as if it were my fault that I didn't get my side salad, as in, I felt bad having to continuously ask about it, as she gave me dirty looks every time. This was an obvious mistake on how they run things; she didn't actually serve the salad and how are the servers to know who the side salad actually goes to? I can say that I did enjoy my boneless buffalo wings and side salad, and those who did order food, did enjoy it.
I will say that this place is more family focused and restaurant driven than the actual sports aspect of it. Which is sad, because I do love sports and I do love to spend money on watching sports while out. I guess I will know next time. But I had pretty much already decided I wasn't coming back here anyway.
I just had some wings here on a Sunday afternoon, but from what I saw this is a solid sports-bar experience. I don't know about any of the other food, but the buffalo wings were excellent. Likewise, our waitress was really good too. There were some mix -ups with the orders, but she was all over the refills, as well as bringing extra dressing, etc.
The arcade portion of the place looked really cool, but I didn't actually play anything. If you sit in the right areas, there are a million TVs with different feeds, but when we were there, we could only get into a smaller side room with about 5 TVs showing 2 different channels. I imagine this place could get pretty crowded later in the evening, but it wasn't bad around 1pm on a Sunday. Overall, this is a decent sports-bar.
ESPN Zone = Fail.
Sure, the games are fun, but the food and staff are not so hot. Went here with the bf tonight to watch the Red Wings game. They are the least accommodating restaurant I've ever been to. I called ahead and asked if they take reservations since it says so on here, and I was informed that they do not, and not in a nice way either.
I find my boyfriend when I get there, and we're seated with a bunch of other Wings fans in a somewhat separate, glass enclosed room off to the side upstairs. Each of the tv's are positioned so annoyingly that you're either craning your head or far away from the tv so you have trouble seeing. A few of the tv's were scheduled to show the basketball game (which didn't even start till 45 minutes after the hockey game), and so we asked if the one closest to us could be changed to the Wings game so I could stop craning my neck. Our waitress said she wasn't sure, but she'd ask someone. They said no, so she came back to report that and said she'd ask the manager. The manager also said no, despite the fact that absolutely NO ONE in this enclosed area was going to watch the basketball game. By the time the hockey game started, there were literally 2 tables left in the entire area, and everyone in there was watching the Wings game. But they STILL refused to change the channel from the basketball game. It showed complete lack of customer appreciation, especially since the couple behind us, who were there celebrating their 30th anniversary and had paid big bucks to have it say so up on the scrolling wall, had asked them to change it as well.
Finally the food. My boyfriend ordered a salad (which he paid extra for) and bbq chicken. His salad came at the same time as his main course, which was really stupid. If you give people their salads at the same time as their main courses, they're not going to eat the salad, or if they do, they aren't going to finish it. I ordered a plate of fries that were overcooked, but such is life. Oddly, his bbq chicken dish was a plate of fries with 4 small pieces of grilled and bbq chicken on top of them. The food was pretty mediocre, and the cucumbers in his salad were cut into strange crescent shapes so they looked like someone had taken a bite out of them.
After our meal we noticed the sign that said "Due to the excitement and great interest in today's game there is a $10 food and beverage minimum, per person, per hour." So, what, if I want to stay for the entire game I have to order $30 worth of food and drinks? No thank you. We were out of there at that point. I was completely unwilling to pay $60 for shite food and mediocre service just so we could finish watching the game. Who needs that much food anyway? We don't plan to go back. We'll find somewhere with better hospitality and decent food.
Love this place!!!!
I go here from time to time to have a great time, whether it be for drinks or to destroy someone in a game of air hockey or to shoot some hoops. The hot wings in this place is pretty good and the drinks are reasonably priced, considering the area. Pretty nice/small bar areas upstairs and downstairs. Great selection of games and great place to bring kids or a date. they have a room upstairs over to the side, where you can view a big fight or one our major sports championship series/games.
Again, I really love this place. I will issue a challenge to anyone who wants to step up to the plate against me in a game of air hockey! Any takers?
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To paraphrase the immortal words of Chris Rock from "No Sex (In The Champagne Room)", just as "no one goes to Hooters for wings," no one goes to ESPN Zone for food. For me to review this as a restaurant would be a bit unfair. No, this place should be reviewed for what it is - a somewhat family friendly orgy of an audio-visual overload of all things sports.
For the average patron of ESPN Zone on a Sunday, sports are not a disraction, they are a way of life. These are the kind of people who will punch you in the face for calling any sport just a pastime. Football to them is a heroin that they withdraw from for the eight months that it isn't played. And the only way to truly get their fix is to watch the game on what might be the largest television in Chicago (with smaller TVs and an endless fact ticker on every sport in the United States surrounding it like some puritanical Las Vegas sports book where gambling isn't allowed).
The food is an afterthought. And the wait staff, knowing this, doesn't bother to serve (aka interrupt the game) or move people out in the same way that you don't ask the crack head blocking the stairs to the El to kindly move out of the way. It doesn't end well.
This laissez faire movement of customers creates waits so huge that I was almost afraid to try to eat here between movies at the Chicago International Film Festival. I tried to eat here last Sunday but the place was so loaded by Viking fans (as well as the usual Bears contingent) that I gave up trying to get seated after 90 minutes. Since it was the Bears bye week this time around, I actually got in right away and the nachos that I ordered arrived in a few mintues. They arrived with chicken but to be fair I said, "no chicken" instead of just saying "nachos" and all the waitress could hear in the booming of the giant television set's audio was "chicken." They corrected this mistake right away.
Oh and there's an arcade to burn calories at with all sorts of sports themed games. And still more televisions showing still more sports.
The amount of testaterone (and noise) in this place can be a bit overwhelming (for those of us less into sports). While it might be that the nachos were so loaded with fake cheese gave me lower belches after eating here, I think it might be a symptom of sports testaterone overdose.
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I am a sports freak. My male co workers joke that I crossed some wires at conception that caused me to look and act like a girly girl while having the mentality of a grunting macho man. Sadly, they're right, and because of this, ESPN Zone is like heaven on earth. While many people come here for the innovative virtual reality and arcade style games, I usually take a pass (unless someone thinks they can beat me in air hockey and I'm forced to serve them something fierce) and head to the upstairs bar.
The upstairs bar is quite possibly the most fantastic concept ever. There is a gigantic projection screen television playing the game that is on the audio feed surrounded by 10 smaller (32 inch?) tvs tuned to different games. Additionally, there are speakers at each table for those who wish to listen to a game that isn't on the audio feed. On the entry level you'll find the typical oval shaped bar with high top tables against the walls. However, if you walk a little further towards the televisions there is a lower level and a row of recliners with trays that swivel over your lap. Please, take a moment to appreciate what I just wrote.
I would be lying if I said I've never spent a Saturday watching 5 hours of late season pennant race baseball while drinking and eating the incredibly large $35 buffalo wings/ queso/mini burger/chicken finger/fries platter in a recliner next to my boyfriend. Don't EVEN get me started on football season. If there is indeed a heaven based on the ideals of the particular deceased, mine would definitely contain 11 televisions, a recliner, and an obscenely large platter of food. Oh God - I am a dude.
A couple of weeks ago I would've given ESPN Zone a higher rating but I've recently arrived at the conclusion that their food really isn't all that great. It's almost as if their powerful image, fancy building and expensive menu items have somehow convinced me that the food is exceptional as well. Don't get me wrong, the food isn't bad by any means but considering the prices I think it could stand to be better. I've eaten at ESPN Zone about 6 times over the past year and have always been satisfied with the service.
The last 2 meals I ordered at ESPN Zone were the Avocado Wrap (under the sandwiches category I believe) and the Peppersteak sandwich. Both sounded delicious in the descriptions but didn't quite live up to my expectations. Our waitress was happy to return the Peppersteak sandwich for me in exchange for some cheese fries at no extra cost. Also, avoid the buffalo wings if you don't like hot foods. They were a tad too hot for my liking and I generally don't mind hot/spicey foods. I believe you can have them use a different sauce though.
The "Death By Brownie" dessert is amazing and I will be returning to indulge myself in the future. It can easily be shared by 2 people. It should be noted also that ESPN Zone is not what I'd consider affordable. If you're a sports fan who can take away more than just food from your dining experience (e.g. watching the sports on TV, etc.), then I would expect you to enjoy it more than my girlfriend and I have in our past couple of visits.
I think if I could rate ESPN Zone a 3.5/5 I would.
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ESPN Zone always seemed to me like an unauthentic sports fan's bar. A little too downtown and commercialized for me. As an avid sports fan, I am much more Wrigley Field than US Cellular Stadium, if you know what I mean.
That being said, I went here Friday night to grab a quick bite before a movie at the AMC Loews (every other place seemed to be packed). I was all for it and interested to see the quality of their bar food. I was still a little sheepish from my night of karaoke before (hence the movie activity on a Friday Night) so I was all about the grease. We started with the buffalo wings and they were pretty phenominal (I love wings and they did them up right as any good sports bar should do) My boyfriend got a Cobb Salad which looked OK but I didn't try it. I got a pizza appetizer for me meal - cheese. It was OK, nothing special at all. My boyfriend drank Diet Cokes and I had some mediocre red wine. Looking at the prices for beers on the menu, it didn't look too bad but I'm glad we didn't order any because the bill was pricey!
All in all, an OK time. I know the Cubs aren't really good but that doesn't mean you can only put them on one or two TV's and overexpose the White Sox game. Not impressive. Wings get kudos. . . otherwise I am not itching to go back here for more.
Hey...HEY! What's with the hate? Okay, I guess I can see what's wrong with the place, but if you're a huge spectator, you'll actually enjoy it. I usually go to the corner with the small round tables near the bar to sit back and watch games unfold.
Man, I went to see Italy v. USA for the World Cup, and the place was packed. It was beautiful to see so many FIFA fans come together; granted, an Irish Pub or something would be more appropriate. But ESPN Zone does its job well with the multitude of flat panel tellies and loud sounds. You don't go there to eat, or socialize. No...you go to play games, drink, or watch games...period.
Definitely going to see Portugal v. Germany. Hope that Portugal wins, though Oliver Kahn holds a special place in mine heart. It's just great to see games unfold with so much high-tech stuff going about. Decent buffalo wings, but I just like to mooch of their tellies.
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